CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s board of trustees approved several administrative appointments at its quarterly meeting Wednesday, March 5, including new directors for Western’s service learning, residential living, orientation, and enrollment support programs.
The board also approved the promotion of Joseph H. Walker III, director of facility planning, design and construction at Western since 1998, to the position of associate vice chancellor for facilities management in the Division of Administration and Finance. Walker, filling a vacancy created by the retirement earlier this year of Andrew Comrie, was a principal electrical engineer for Reece, Noland and McElrath Inc. before joining the university’s staff. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University.
Walker, who holds a professional engineering license, is responsible for the maintenance, repair, construction and operation of all campus buildings, in addition to the management of grounds and utility systems at Western.
Wayne Robinson, former acting dean of student life at Jackson State University, was named director of service learning. Robinson has held faculty and administrative positions at Holmes Community College, Tougaloo College and Mississippi State University. He earned his education specialist degree from Mississippi State in counselor education with a minor in sociology, and his doctorate from Jackson State in educational administration with a minor in counselor education.
A new position at Western, the director of service learning is responsible for the integration of community service opportunities and experiences with students’ academic lives, and will provide leadership for the new “living learning” center in Graham Hall upon its completion.
The board named Keith L. Corzine, associate director of university housing at Western, as director of residential living (the new name for the department formerly known as housing). Corzine, a 1982 graduate of Western with a degree in business administration, served as facilities coordinator for university housing at WCU from 1988 until 1999. He is a member of the N.C. Association of Housing Officers and Southeast Association of Housing Officers.
Corzine, who fills a vacancy created by the departure last year of Suzie Orr, is responsible for providing leadership for the university’s on-campus housing program, which serves more than 3,000 students in 10-network wired halls, with a new 300-bed facility currently under construction. He has been serving as acting director for the program since June 2002.
Tammy G. Haskett, director of alumni affairs at Western, was named director of orientation programs. Haskett, who also had been a program coordinator in WCU’s Division of Continuing Education and Summer School for 16 years before moving to the Office of Alumni Affairs, is a 1984 graduate of Western. The appointment is effective March 17.
A new position within the enrollment management division at Western, the director of orientation programs is responsible for the planning, implementation and assessment of programming designed to help new students – and their parents and family members – make a successful transition into the university setting.
Tori Ellison, former director of annual giving and special gifts at Western, was approved as director of enrollment support. Before joining the WCU staff in 1998, Ellison was director of Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina, development officer for Richland Memorial Hospital Foundation in Columbia, S.C., and marketing coordinator and assistant editor of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. She is a 1991 graduate of Western.
Ellison, who fills a vacancy created by the departure last year of Todd Powell from the post in the Division of Student Affairs, will collaborate with other campus divisions on efforts to recruit new students and to improve the rate of retention of returning undergraduate students.
Anthony James Esterwood, medical director at the Angel Urgent Care Center, was named university physician in the division of Health Services. Esterwood, who earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1987, is a former contract physician for Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care Centers; outpatient family practice physician for Smokey Mountain Health Care Association, Ashe Medical Associates and Franklin Family Practice; and emergency room physician at Angel Medical Center.
Esterwood, who joins current full-time university physician Jeff Davis, is being added to the University Health Staff to help meet increased campus demand for health services.
Angela J. “A.J.” Grube, assistant professor of health and human performance at Western, was named assistant to the chancellor for equal opportunity programs. Grube, who earned her doctoral degree in sport management at Florida State University in 1998, earned her master of public affairs degree at Georgia College, her master’s degree in sport management at Georgia Southern University, and her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Georgia College.
Grube, who fills a vacancy created when Dianne G. Lynch left the position to become assistant to the chancellor, is responsible for all equal opportunity programs at Western, including affirmative action, diversity recruitment and retention, investigation of all forms of institutional harassment, and educational programs on equal opportunity and diversity issues.